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Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, guides, and other resources for quick retrieval of factual information.
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What are these sources?

Reference books can be found on the main floor of Olin, to the right when you enter. They cannot be checked out, but that means they are almost always available, and they can be copied.

Reference sources are a good place to get an overview of a topic in a few paragraphs or a few pages. Looking up a topic in a reference book is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the key concepts, terminology, and people associated with the topic. This background is important both for understanding a topic and for searching effectively in online databases for articles and books. In addition, many reference works provide carefully selected bibliographies which may lead you to further reading.

General Reference

Art & Music

  • ARTstor
    A repository of digital images and related data.
  • Grove Art Online
    Is a comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day.
  • Grove Music Online
    An online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts from prehistory to the present day.


Books on Books

    Source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education.

Business, Corporate and Financial Information

  • Euromonitor
    Provides demographic data on countries and consumers in 205 nations.

    This can be a tricky database to navigate. For a brief user guide of popular search options, click here:
  • NetAdvantage
    Is composed of several sections, which provide detailed information on the background and economic trends of major U.S. industries, stock reports on many public companies, bond reports, a register of corporations, directors & executives, corporate records, company profiles, and mutual fund reports. Standard & Poor?s premium research reports are also available using the Publication Search Tools function.
  • Value Line Research Center
    Includes an industry overview and data on future prospects for several hundred large cap stocks and industries.
    ValueLine is limited to three simultaneous users. Reports are in PDF format and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view.

Citation & Style Guides

Citation Indexes


Grants and Foundations

  • Foundation Directory Online
    FDO is a directory of information on U.S. foundations, corporate giving programs, grant making public charities, and information on grants made by top funders.

Language and Literature

  • Oxford English Dictionary
    Contains definitions and documentation of the evolution of the English language.
  • Gale Literary Index
    Index to publications by The Gale Group; combines and cross references author names and titles.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Gale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of full-text reference works, including Drama for Students, Novels for Students, and Short Stories for Students.

Philosophy & Religion


US Government

  • GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys)
    Offers digital access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies. This is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office.

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